Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52, Romans 8:26-39 The Kingdom of Heaven is like… The Kingdom of Heaven is like… If we were gathered in person for worship, and I were to ask each of you to finish this statement, the Kingdom of Heaven is like… my guess is, while there would likely be some similarities in your … More The Kingdom of Heaven is Like…
Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 With the 4th of July last weekend and all that is happening around our nation, I’ve spent a lot of time this past week thinking about the idea of freedom. What is freedom? What does freedom mean? What does it mean for us to be free? To have freedom? What … More What is Freedom?
Matthew 10:40-42 The month of June in the United States is Pride month. For those historians tuning into our service, the month of June was selected as Pride month, at least in part, to commemorate what has been deemed as the Stonewall Riots, when early in the morning on June 28th, 1969, patrons of the … More The Heart of Hospitality
Matthew 10: 34-39, Romans 6: 1b-11 At this time five years ago, I was in the midst of wrapping up the final stages of my call process with St. James. While it’s hard to believe it’s been that long, a lot has happened since then; in our church family, in our personal lives, in our … More Baptismal Calling
It’s been a hell of a week, hasn’t it? As I looked through my news feed early Tuesday morning over my first cup of coffee for the day, feeling saddened and angry, and honestly a bit overwhelmed with all that I was reading, I looked over at Christina in the chair next to me, and … More Faith or Politics?
John 14:1-14 So, Jesus says; “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.” Do not let your hearts be troubled. Today we celebrate the 5th Sunday of the Easter season, yet our assigned Gospel takes us back to the final moments before Jesus arrested, then crucified. Biblical scholars note … More Giving Birth to God
Easter 2020 Matthew 28:1-10 In his sermon from last week, Pastor Mike reflected on how Palm Sunday can easily feel like one of the most disconnected days of the Church year. Joyful hymns, the waving of palms, shouts of Hosanna for the coming savior. Yet beneath it all, the knowledge of what will come, as … More The Fear and Hope of Easter
John 11:1-45 Our assigned gospel for this weekend tells the story of the death of Lazarus. Brother to Martha and Mary. Friend to Jesus. Described by his sisters, as “the one whom Jesus loves”. It is a story of sickness and death, with all the emotions that are present in such moments. Sadness and grief, … More The Pain of Resurrection Life
John 9:1-41 Will you join me in prayer? Bless O’ Lord this word proclaimed and we who hear it. That as we gather together for worship in our homes, away from one another, we would be reminded, that through the gift of Baptism, we are bound together regardless of how distant we may feel. Restore … More The Power of Sight
John 3:1-17 One of the requirements of seminarians seeking ordained ministry in the ELCA, is to go through a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, in which they spend roughly 50 hours a week over a 10-week period working as a hospital chaplain. For most, myself included. A requirement for most seminarians, myself included, that takes … More Reborn to Love